The Substitute

« With The Substitute (El Suplente), [Diego Lerman’s] sixth feature, it is obvious how hard the film works to communicate with the audience, and the message the characters passionately convey is an important one about recovering the stragglers left behind by Argentine society and never giving up on the hard cases. Or as the film puts it, “no one saves himself alone”. »
The Film Verdict


Outskirts of Buenos Aires, nowadays.Lucio, a prestigious university professor, takes the position of substitute teacher at a high school in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, where he grew up. Through tales, novels and poetry, he tries to distract his class from the harsh reality of their everyday lives. But soon, he must step out of his professional duties when Dylan, one of his students, is threatened by a local drug kingpin.

Festivals & Awards

  • 47th Toronto International Film Festival: Special Presentations, 2022



  • 2022 El Suplente (The Substitute)
  • 2017 Una especia de familia
  • 2014 Refugiado
  • 2010 La mirada invisible
  • 2006 Mientras tanto
  • 2002 Tan de repente


Juan Minujín, Bárbara Lennie, Alfredo Castro, María Merlino, Rita Cortese, Lucas Arrua, Renata Lerman


Script: Diego Lerman, Maria Meira, Luciana de Mello
Cinematrography: Wojciech Staron
Sound: Lena Esquenazi, Leandro de Loredo
Editing: Alejandro Brodersohn
Music: José Villalobos
Producers: Nicolas Avruj, Diego Lerman
Co-producers: Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Nicolás Celis, Jonás Cuarón, Sandra Tapia, Ibon Cormenzana, Ignasi Estapé, Dan Wechsler, Andreas Roald, Jamal Zeinal-Zade, Dominique Barneaud
Associate producers: Juan Pablo Galli, Juan Vera, Christian Failace
Production: Campo Cine (AR)
Co-production: Vivo film (IT), Pimienta FIlms (MX), Arcadia Motion Pictures (ES), Bord Cadre films (CH), Sovereign Films (UK)
In association with: Bellota Films (FR), Patagonik (AR)

Technical Data

Format: DCP / colour / 5.1
Runtime: 110′
Released: 2022
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English, French
Original title: El Suplente